January 2007

An extensive look at the proper etiquette of enjoying Sushi at your local sushi bar.

Link courtesy of Tom, friend of the show.

JapanicTV Quick Video 02 - Pain Station Round 2
JapanicTV Quick Video 02 – Pain Station Round 2

Here’s another quickvideo from the Turks. You may recall in Episode 3 that Will and Zensho got to play a little arcade game called the Painstation. Well, in this quickvideo, the Turks manage to persuade a young J-Dude to play Will.

Direct Download: http://www.japanictv.com/video_files/JapanicTV_QuickVid_02_PSRound2.m4v

Or watch and share this video on YouTube:

Danger = No-Admittance!This warning sign at the imperial gardens clearly states in Japanese the message of 危険(kiken) which means ‘DANGER’. However, those of you who can read English can see that the message to the foreign community as ‘No Admittance’.

It’s quite apparent that warnings of danger was not enough to fend off the throngs of brash, Western tourists with their daredevil attitudes. After several injuries and one death, the officials finally amended the sign to say “NO ADMITTANCE”. Leave it to Westerners to respect property laws over their own safety. Must be a lay over from Manifest Destiny.


Here are the photos that go along with the activites from episode three. Lots of Fuji and lots of the Tokyo Anime Festival.

Will's Fuji
Will’s Photos from Mount Fuji

Phil's Fuji
More pics of Fuji. Credit for these goes to Will’s friend Phil.

Tokyo Anime Festival
Tokyo Anime Festival, 2006

Japanic TV - Episode 03
Japanic TV Episode 03

This time around the Turks check out some more technologically advanced art at the Electrical Fantasista, climb the highest mountain in Japan, and put their newly acquired status as members of the press to good use at the Tokyo Anime Fair. Also, two new recurring segments are introduced. Don’t miss this first full episode of the new year, now in a glorious higher resolution.

Direct Download: http://www.japanictv.com/video_files/JapanicTV_Episode_03.m4v

Related Links
Tokyo International Anime Fair
Mount Fuji Information

Ice Skating, Wide Shot
Anyone who knows me personally knows that I have the grace and coordination of a really drunk toddler. I drop things every day and I fall completely over about once a week. You may remember that I killed my last computer by trying to enjoy a delicious pineapple soft drink and check my email at the same time. It’s a curse that began with the start of a long, ungainly adolescence and has continued until this day.

With this in mind, I decided to go ice skating on the last day of my winter vacation. Sure, that seems like something I should avoid, but if I’m going to fall anyway, I might as well fall enjoying myself.

To my surprise, I stayed up the whole time. Of course, it wasn’t always pretty. A lot of unsteady pinwheeling was involved and once or twice I may have even hit a wall at full speed, but up is up. Could this be the beginning of a new found equilibrium? Could I finally be ready to say good-bye to my constant companion, awkwardness? I can only hope.

My favorite moment of the day came when I was checking through my pictures. Zensho had taken a photo to prove that I had, in fact, gone to the ice skating rink and by pure coincidence captured a small boy wiping out in the background. Imagine my delight. Someone is falling in a photograph and it’s not me. I’m totally more skilled that this child, who I’m guessing is 5 or 6 years old. Victory is mine.

Ice Skating, Cropped

Eat it, kid!


Here are all the photos that the Turks used to make the New Year’s Eve video. All these photos were taken at Womb in Shibuya in the midst of a redicuously fun time. We tried to throw in names of anyone we knew, but there were a lot of people who we just had no idea about.
New Years Eve Album.
New Year’s Eve

JapanicTV Quick Video 01 - New Years Eve
JapanicTV Quick Video 01 – New Years Eve

This year the Turks are resolving to make more episodes. A lot of footage has been shot, it just has to be edited into something worth watching. To hold you over, JapanicTV proudly presents their first quick video. It’s not a whole episode, but it’s still fun. Here are the Turks in action celebrating New Years Eve in style at Tokyo nightclub Womb. A good time was had by all. Special thanks to Reuben for the music playing underneath the vid.

Direct Download: http://www.japanictv.com/video_files/JapanicTV_QuickVid_01_NYE.m4v